Bonsai Tree – First Leaves

My little persimmon stopped stretching upwards and is now for a few days staying at more or less the same height. It has sprouted four leaves and stayed there. And it will probably stay there for a while now, nothing much outwardly visible will happen, while the seedling will be concentrating on building a hard wooden stem and nice strong roots instead of the mushy soft ones that consist of 90% of water. That is what allows for the quick growth at the beginning, by bloating cells with water – and it is visible now that the stem got actually a lot thinner than it was a week ago, as it lost its water content.

©Charly, all rights reserved. Click for full size.

©Charly, all rights reserved. Click for full size.

Since I want the tree to grow nice and straight upwards for a while, I turn it about 10-30° counterclockwise every evening. Also I am taking care to not over water it – it is colder on the windowsill than it is in the rest of the room, and I do not want the roots to rot. I will have to try to find information in my library about how much water persimmon actually wants to have – there are plants that need a lot and plants that need very little, and I have lost bonsai trees (sometimes quite valuable) to both under- and over-watering. So far it seems to prosper.



  1. voyager says

    Charly, I love that you’re going to a library and not the internet.
    I hope your persimmon tree grows deep, happy, healthy roots and a nice sturdy stem.

  2. rq says

    Personal library or public library? Either way, I’m glad to see the little persimmon growing into its own! Go, persimmon, go!

  3. Ice Swimmer says

    I like the sharkfin-like vein structure in the last.

    Live long and prosper, little persimmon and grow dense wood, almost like the ebony sister species do!

  4. Nightjar says

    It’s looking great! I love persimmon leaves, they’re so lush when they are green and gorgeous when they turn red in autumn.


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